Understanding the Holy Land : Answering Questions about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Mitch Frank
Understanding the Holy Land is set up in a question and answer format. What I like about UHL (and about J and YA NF in general) is that at just over 150 pages it is concise and to the point. It gets to the heart of the matter. This is a complicated, complex, intricate subject; Frank, despite the brevity, writes honestly, truthfully and fairly about history, religion, ethnicity, race, and geography. It is obvious that Frank did a lot of research; because only by having an in depth understanding can someone write something that gets it all done in less than 200 pages.
Frank does his best to be fair and objective; based on other readings in this topic, I think he has succeeded. And for those who want to know more, there is a great bibliography. And, of course, there are plenty of maps and photos.
Perfect for anyone who reads the news about what is happening in Israel and has questions.
The Jewish Week has an interview with Frank, in the article The Conflict For Kids.
Frank also did a really good job with "Understanding September 11th" -- I hadn't heard of this one, though, and will look forward to reading it.
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